The Cooked Seed: A Memoir

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In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as a successful, critically acclaimed author. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter, an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path.

It is a hard and lonely road. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, lives in unheated rooms, suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces.But she also gives birth to her daughter, Lauryann, who will inspire her and finally root her in her new country. Min's eventual successes-her writing career, a daughter at Stanford, a second husband she loves-are remarkable, but it is her struggle throughout toward genuine selfhood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal.

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It is a hard and lonely road. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, lives in unheated rooms, suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces.But she also gives birth to her daughter, Lauryann, who will inspire her and finally root her in her new country. Min's eventual successes-her writing career, a daughter at Stanford, a second husband she loves-are remarkable, but it is her struggle throughout toward genuine selfhood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal.
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subject_facetAsian American authors -- Biography
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Chinese American women -- Biography
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography
Min, Anchee, -- 1957-
Min, Anchee, -- 1957- -- Family
title_displayThe Cooked Seed A Memoir
title_fullThe Cooked Seed A Memoir
The cooked seed [electronic resource] / Anchee Min
title_shortThe Cooked Seed
title_subA Memoir
topic_facetAsian American authors
Authors, American
Biography & Autobiography
Chinese American women
Family
Immigrants
Min, Anchee
Nonfiction